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ERIC Number: EJ1089494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0893-0384
Massive Open Online Courses: Looking Ahead by Looking Back
Matkin, Gary W.
Continuing Higher Education Review, v77 p49-56 Fall 2013
Gary W. Matkin, Dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning, and Summer Session at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), writes about the "year of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses), 2012" and how over 250,000 students signed up for six courses that began in early January 2013. Within its first year Coursera had signed 62 university and college partners, offering more than 250 free courses to 3.1 million users. So what about 2013? What have been learned two years after the first MOOC captured the imagination of educators and the public? Beyond the numbers, is there any clarity about the future of MOOCs and their impact? A look back at the evolution of MOOCs reveals a lot about the current context for higher education as it faces the age-old challenge of maintaining its traditions while adapting to new social needs and technology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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